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Bob Campbell shooting a shotgun through recoil

Safety and Training

Shotgun Drills: Semi-Automatics

The automatic shotgun demands different drills for speed loading than a pump-action shotgun. Proper practice with automatic shotgun and you may just find that the shotgun is more efficient than you thought. If there is any real problem beginning students have, it is a lack of familiarity with the firearm. These drills will build familiarity with the shotgun and may be a lifesaver.

Stevens 320 Security 12 gauge shotgun black pump with pistol grip

Firearms

5 Home Defense Shotguns for the Budget-Minded

When it comes to personal safety, it is always good policy to buy the best you can afford. After all, if you were preparing to jump out of a plane, would you be comforted to know you were wearing the cheapest parachute on the market? Fortunately, parachutes are not shotguns. In fact, you do not have to break the bank or your budget to get a home defense shotgun worthy of relying on to protect you and your castle. Here are five top shotgun choices that will not break the bank.

youth wearing orange safety vest and shotgun

Competitive Shooting

Choosing a First Shotgun

A shotgun is the most versatile firearm you’ll ever own. Contrary to what you might see on TV, shotguns do not magically hit every target, and the recoil is not so brutal that it will knock you off your feet. Likewise, not every shotgun is equally suited to every shooter or situation. With a little research and forethought, you’ll be ready to choose a shotgun that will perform when needed and be comfortable to shoot.

Right profile view of the Wild bunch shotgun

Firearms

The ’97 Wild Bunch Shotgun

The Winchester 1897 shotgun was manufactured from 1897 to 1957. At one time the ’97 set the standard for combat shotguns. With a five-round tubular magazine fed by a helical coil spring and featuring a reliable slide action the ’97 is a rugged serviceable shotgun. While the author has tested quite a few shotguns for a new book, the pump-action clone of the Winchester 1897 is a hands-down favorite for fun shooting.

Legacy Escort M-87 Pump Shotgun right side

Firearms

The Legacy Escort Model 87 — The Best Value in a Pump Shotgun

Does anybody buy brand name anything anymore? I don’t know about you, but I haven’t bought an actual bottle of Heinz ketchup since I found out that the “great value” store brand is literally packaged in the same facility. The analgesics in my medicine cabinet read ibuprofen and acetaminophen rather than Advil or Tylenol. So, the question is, why not guns?

Remington 870 pump-action shotgun

Firearms

Is it Time to Retire the Defensive Shotgun?

It used to be believed (or is it still believed) that the 12-gauge pump-action shotgun was the ultimate home-defense gun. Has the AR-15 taken over in popularity? We discuss this question and let you reach your own conclusions. Weigh in on the discussion after reading.

Firearms

5 Shotguns You Should Shoot Before You Die

There are plenty of iconic firearms in the world. It is impossible to list all the must-shoots in one post. Here is The Shooter’s Log breakdown of five very important shotguns every shooter should try. Did your favorites make the list?

CZ wood-stock shotgun

Firearms

Top Seven Shotgun Choices for Bustin’ Clays on a Budget

Don’t let images from Garden & Gun magazine or the Beretta Gallery scare you off to learning skeet and trap shooting. It’s not just for those with an unlimited budget. There are plenty of quality clay-busting shotguns that are also well within budget. Check out this list of seven of our favorite affordable competition shotguns.